2018 Patient Safety Awareness Week Twitter Chat

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2018 Patient Safety Awareness Week Focuses on Patient Engagement and Safety Culture

PSAW2018_sm-for-web.jpgNational experts to address the topic of speaking up for patient safety

Boston, MA, February 1, 2018 — The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) today announced plans for this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 11-17, 2018. This year’s activities will focus on two critical issues – safety culture and patient engagement. This is the first Patient Safety Awareness Week since the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), lead sponsor of the event for 15 years, merged with IHI in 2017. The events planned promise to reflect the energy and commitment to safety and improvement of the combined organization.

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The Public's Experience with Medical Error and Harm

The vast majority of Americans are having positive experiences with the health care system, but 21 percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error, according to a national survey released earlier this year by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago. The survey further finds that, when errors do occur, they often have lasting impact on the patient’s physical health, emotional health, financial well-being, or family relationships.

The nationwide survey of more than 2,500 adults was conducted by NORC from May 12–June 26, 2017. The survey expands on a 1997 survey conducted by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), which merged with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) earlier this year.

Among the survey’s other notable findings:

  • Nearly half of those who perceived that an error had occurred brought it to the attention of medical personnel or other staff at the health care facility.
  • Most respondents believe that, while health care providers are chiefly responsible for patient safety, patients and their families also have a role to play.
  • When asked what caused the medical error they experienced, people identified, on average, at least seven different factors.

Read the full report or download fact sheets highlighting the findings.


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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017 - The Week in Review

Patient Safety Awareness Week took place March 12-18, 2017, with health care organizations, patients, and health professionals from across the country and internationally demonstrating their commitment to safe care.

In case you missed any of the action, here are some highlights:

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Join @theNPSF and Others for a Twitter Chat

Patient Safety: What Patients Want (and Need) to Know
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Use the hashtag #PSAW17chat to join the conversation!



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National Patient Safety Foundation Unveils Plans for Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2017

Noted Patient Safety Advocates to Speak During Complimentary Webcast

Boston, MA, February 14, 2017—Patient Safety Awareness Week, a highlight of the United for Patient Safety Campaign, will be observed March 12-18, 2017. Led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), a central voice for patient safety since 1997, Patient Safety Awareness Week is time dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety among health care professionals and the public.

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NPSF Leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2017

Health Professionals and Public Encouraged to Take Part as United for Patient Safety Campaign Highlights Awareness and Education


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Massachusetts Governor Recognizes Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 14, 2016—Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts today issued a citation officially recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week.

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Mayoral Proclamation for Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 16, 2016--Cuero Community Hospital, serving the Greater DeWitt, Texas, community, is recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week 2016. CCH issued a patient safety proclamation, signed by the mayor of Ceuro City, in an effort to further progress awareness of Patient Safety Week.

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Patient Safety Is Public Health

March 15, 2016--To make an impact on patient safety we need to begin addressing it as a public health issue, just as we have with chronic disease and with other injuries. Read this commentary by NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal K. Gandhi on the Safe Healthcare Blog published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement salutes Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for their generous support of this year's Patient Safety Awareness Week.